Vegas PBS Will Record Philharmonic's 'Battle Born-Nevada Proud!' this Weekend
The audience at the Las Vegas Philharmonic's "Battle Born-Nevada Proud!" concert this Saturday night has the chance to be a part of history. The concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada's statehood and will be recorded by Vegas PBS for future broadcast. The concert footage will also be submitted to the state's archive commemorating the Nevada 150 celebrations. Vegas PBS plans to broadcast the concert in April and again on Nevada Day in October. KNPB in Reno has also agreed to broadcast the concert in 2014, making this a true statewide celebration. This will be the first Vegas PBS recording of a Las Vegas Philharmonic concert.
"Vegas PBS is delighted to have the opportunity to make this event universally accessible to all citizens of our state. The quality of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the excellent acoustics in Reynolds Hall will make this a must-see event for patrons of the arts and will introduce the Las Vegas Philharmonic to new audiences," says Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell.
The "Battle Born-Nevada Proud!" concert, held in Reynolds Hall at 7:30 p.m., will be conducted by Donato Cabrera, a proud University of Nevada, Reno graduate and former Las Vegas resident. The festive program features Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Alina Ming Kobialka, Eric Whitacre's Equus for orchestra and Debussy's La Mer. It will be the first time the orchestra will perform a work by Reno-born Grammy Award-winning UNLV graduate, Eric Whitacre.
"We are proud to shine a spotlight on the talents of two important forces of the music world with strong ties to Nevada with this concert and to be a signature event of the official Nevada 150 celebration," says Las Vegas Philharmonic President & CEO, Jeri Crawford. "Partnering with Vegas PBS to record this concert will allow us to further cement our role within the cultural community of this city and this state and to show that our musicians and our audiences are indeed Nevada proud."
The concert will be Mr. Cabrera's Las Vegas Philharmonic debut and his return to Nevada: "It is very exciting to return to conduct in Las Vegas after spending my formative years here and receiving my very first music lessons in the great city. My family has been associated with Las Vegas since the late-1950s and in many ways this concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic represents a full circle. Having the opportunity to perform Equus by fellow Nevadan, Eric Whitacre, is such an exciting opportunity for the Las Vegas community to celebrate the success of one of their own."
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $25 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2013-14 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $64 and $94. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases with ID.